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I'm a mother of four grandmother of seven and great grandmother of three. I live with my husband in the house that we built with the help of my brothers and will have been married for 57 years this February.

Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Just a quick post... This past weekend it was George's 72nd birthday. I had intended of baking a cake and making a big pot of Chili.  My daughter Nicole Skyped from Scotland to wish her dad Happy Birthday. We talked for about an hour and with the time difference and our schedules it's difficult to make time to Skype.  I ran out of time to bake the cake in time for lunch and decided that I better rush to the Co-op and buy one. It just so happened it was also Reid's birthday on the same day. For those who don't know,  Reid is our employee.

Here is Reid and George bending to fit in the picture,  getting ready to cut the cake. It's a bad picture as my camera was set on Closeup and I didn't noticed.

A closeup of the cake.

Again a bad photo because my camera was on the wrong setting. We had just sat down to lunch with a bowl of hot Chili on a cold day when some acquaintances were returning a rope they had borrowed to secure bales of hay on their truck the week before.

They were invited to come in and we shared a meal together to celebrate George and Reid's birthday.
I had even toyed with the idea of baking a corn bread but had to settle on regular bread.

It was very nice sharing some stories.

My daughter Christine sent me these photos of the boys. James is a very picky eater but he just love the burger at Five Guys in Ottawa.

That's a big burger for James. Daniel ate all those fries.

This was the last bite.  I can't believe he ate the whole thing.

Thanks for visiting, my blog friends,  I really appreciate your comments.
Stay safe and warm.


  1. cute birthday boys! nice to have an impromptu lunch party for them, too. and i LOVE 5 guys and their mess-o-fries!

  2. Happy Birthday to George and Reid. My husband had a birthday this weekend too. January 24th. :-) I baked him a pecan pie for his birthday gift.
    xx oo

  3. Happy birthday to George and Reid. it looks like good food and good company and always great to see the grand kids.

  4. Happy Birthday to the Birthday Boys!!! So happy you could Skype with your daughter!! I'm sure that made the Birthday extra special I have a picky Granddaughter so I know how it feels to have them actually eat!! Seems like 5 Guys did the trick!
    Enjoy your week!
    Warm Hugs~

  5. Hi, Julia! Sending belated happy birthday wishes to Reid and George! Yay for Skype! It looks like a great celebration all the way around! xo Nellie

  6. Happy Birthday to George and Reid. I love your spirit of justing inviting friends that come to the door to eat with you....You have a sweet spirit Julia.....

  7. Not surprised at what the boys can eat. At one pancake dinner when I was a kid I ate 22 sausages and some number of pancakes I can't recall. If I did that now, I'd be ill for a day or more.

  8. Happy, happy birthday to George and Reid.
    5 Guys ~ my FAVORITE place.
    Hugs :)

  9. Hi Julia..... thanks for dropping by and your very sweet comments! I agree with it all! If one has blogged for some years as we have, it's definitely a diary of our lives. I've always wondered (but don't think you can) pull the blog off and put it on a jump drive or cd to save it. That would be nice. Looks like everything is well at home for you. Love that rug in the previous post you're doing! Gorgeous colors. Let's visit more often.

  10. Happy birthdays to the men! The iced lettering on the cake is beautifully done. Betty

  11. How lovely to get to chat to Nicole for so long! What a generous gesture to invite the friends to lunch too!!!Xx

  12. Happy Birthday to the fellows! Nice that friends can drop by for a bite and family far away can be seen by the miracle of Skype!

  13. Birthday celebrations are great to be shared with friends, very thoughtful. I sure do love chili and the cornbread is good but regular equally enjoyed I'm sure. What does your daughter do in Scotland?

  14. Happy birthday to the big boys! The more the merrier for a happy occasion!

  15. What a nice impromptu birthday party. It looks like a nice cake. Your husband does not in anyway look 72. You both looks so young. I really can't believe how fast the boys are growing. It looks like pretty good food they are eating too.
    I always enjoy your posts Julia. I hope you have a lovely Wednesday.

  16. Aw! I love snatches of real life. Nothing better. I hope they had a fabulous birthday.

  17. Happy Birthday George and Reid!
    How nice that you could share lunch with friends. Those two little boys are sure growing. No wonder with the big burgers and all the fries!

  18. Happy Birthday to George (and Reid). Such a very nice celebration...and cake! Yum! HUGS!

  19. Happy Birthday to George and Reid! Gotta LOVE those Five Guys Burgers and Fries! My favorite!!!

  20. Hello Julia. All the pictures show nice and clear.I consider them very good pictures.Thanks for sharing.Happy Birthday George.72,Almost time to retire if you want to enjoy some relaxed time.Tell Reid I said Happy Birthday to him and many more.I love all of you to the moon and back. HUGS

  21. Julia, like you I'm very behind in my blog posts! I want to get better at posting but don't always have pictures of things so I don't post any thing. You have been quite the busy woman as usual! I hope all is well with you and yours. Char

  22. Happy birthday George & Reid! What a great time for company to stop by. Your home is always so inviting Julia & the smells of good things to eat just adds to the warmth of the ambiance. Love, love that rug! I've not done a new rug in quite a while, time to get in gear with a winter project. Christine's boys have grown so much,they're such 'boys' now, I remember baby Daniel! Wishing you & yours the very best as we enter into another new year...where did last year go? Time has wings as my life is flying by!
    Take care.
    Hugs, Cynthia